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Moventum Pictures

Long time no post! The last year of my undergraduate degree is well underway, and with that comes the stress of writing dissertations, running lab experiments, applying for jobs, maintaining a social life, yadda yadda yadda. In short, it’s been hectic.

Nevertheless, I want to take sometime to introduce you to Moventum Pictures, a photography and videography collective I initiated last November! I’ve been wanting to jump into photography for ages now, but have always settled for phone photography. Recently, however, I managed to purchase a secondhand Canon 600D, and I wanted a platform to share some of my more serious photographs. This is where Moventum Pictures comes along.

Click to go to the Instagram account.

At the moment, Moventum Pictures is simply an Instagram account where I post my DSLR photos. Nonetheless, as I get better at taking photographs and as the account following grows, I’m hoping to feature or recruit other photo/videographers into the collective. Additionally, I plan on posting the photos I published on the Instagram account (@moventumpics) on the Bits & Pieces: Photographs section of this blog too, but it will take some time to get it up to speed. Until then, should you be interested in viewing my photos more regularly, then please feel free to follow the account.

That’s all I have for today, but more stuff coming soon. And oh, happy new year!

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Photographs: Manmadesthics #2

>> About Manmadesthics

Manmadesthics is a photography collection aiming to capture aesthetically pleasing patterns that are created by humans – manmade + aesthetics = manmadesthics. This is my second blogpost about this collection; you can find the first post here.

Taken at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Indonesia  with an iPhone 5. Black and white filter applied. Click to enlarge.

Taken at Fairmont Singapore, Singapore with an iPhone 7. Colour corrected. Click to enlarge.

Taken during Tori Kelly‘s concert at O2 Academy Brixton, London with an iPhone 5. Colour corrected. Click to enlarge.

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Photographs: Nature Speaks #1

Yet another update about a brand new photography collection. Following Cityscapes and Manmadesthics, I’d like to introduce my third ongoing photography project called Nature Speaks. This collection aims to capture instances whereby nature seemingly, well, “speaks” to us humans – this is dedicated to giving nature a voice.

Let me know if you have thoughts on any of my photography projects, and as always, stay tuned for more!

Taken in London, United Kingdom with an iPhone 5. Click to enlarge.

Taken in London, United Kingdom with an iPhone 5. Click to enlarge.

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Photographs: Manmadesthics #1

Introducing the first update about my new photography collection, Manmadesthics. Through this project, I hope to capture aesthetically pleasing patterns that are created by humans (hence the title of this collection). Stay tuned for more updates in the future!

Taken in Hong Kong with an iPhone 5s. Not retouched or edited. Click to enlarge.

Taken in Cibubur, Indonesia with an iPhone 5. Not retouched or edited. Click to enlarge.

Taken at University College London, London with an iPhone 5. Not retouched or edited. Click to enlarge.

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Taste of London June ’17

On June 14th to 18th, the restaurant festival Taste of London transformed Regent’s Park into a foodie wonderland by exhibiting 40 of London’s most exciting restaurants, the world’s greatest chefs, brand new exclusive features, interactive masterclasses, delectable drinks, and live entertainment for five days of gastronomical greatness. Taste of London is one of the seventeen global food festivals run by the company Taste Festivals, a part of the sports, fashion, and media mega-company IMG Worldwide.

I was absolutely thrilled when I received a press pass for this event, my first-ever restaurant festival! I went on the Saturday and spent the entire afternoon exploring every stand, feasting on testers, and just soaking in the vibrant atmosphere under the Sun. It was truly a day to remember, and only being able to attend one day made me realise that a day is far from enough to experience everything the festival has to offer.

That being said, I’m still very grateful to have been able to cover such an exciting event and I’m certainly looking forward to future Taste festivals. Here’s a quick recap video of my day at Taste of London:

If you’re interested in feasting on London’s finest food, this is definitely the festival for you. Last June, 40 of London’s most exciting restaurants were offering more than 160 taster-sized portions of their signature dishes throughout the festival. Whether you’re in the mood for some Peruvian barbecue by Señor Ceviche, fine Indian dining by Jamavar, or Nordic-French cuisine by Aster, Taste of London has it all. In addition to restaurants, over 200 artisan exhibitors with the UK’s best wine, cheese, and charcuterie (amongst other goods) were also featured.

Furthermore, you can also hone your skills and make new discoveries by participating in eclectic masterclasses. From creating your own gourmet food with the ever-popular AEG’s Take Taste Further cookery school to sampling a range of handcrafted single malts at The Balvenie Craftsmen’s Dinner Masterclass, your growth as a foodie is guaranteed.

If all this sounds invigorating to you, then you’re in luck because the next Taste of London is just four months away! From 16 to 19 November, Tobacco Dock will host 20 of London’s most exciting restaurants, re-imagined masterclasses, and live entertainment. Read more about this upcoming festival and get your tickets here.

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Food & Dining Review: Cocoro

>> At A Glance

Image credits: Cocoro

Image taken from Cocoro’s website.

* Restaurant name: Cocoro (Marylebone branch)

* Cuisine: Japanese

* Address: 31 Marylebone Lane, London, United Kingdom, W1U 2NH (also have branches in Bloomsbury, Highgate, and Bayswater areas in London)

* Opening times: Everyday 12.00 – 16.30 and 18.00 – 22.30

* Phone: 02079352931 (Marylebone branch), 02074360660 (Bloomsbury branch), 02083406000 (Highgate branch), 02072219790 (Bayswater branch)

* Website: cocororestaurant.co.uk/en/ (menu available)

>> Ratings

Rating Scale

* Overall flavour: 4

* Price for portion: 2.5

Whilst pricey food is nothing new for Central London, £13 for a single bowl of ramen is more on the expensive side for me. The portion fills you up, but I’ve had ramen bowls with similar or even more content for considerably less (i.e. around £6 – £8).

* Service: 4.5

Many of the waitresses were very friendly and responsive. They were constantly willing to top up our tap water, even without us asking. All of our orders were served nice and steamy within ten to fifteen minutes. Nevertheless, it was quite difficult to call the waitresses for ordering food and requesting the bill as not many of them circulate downstairs. That being said, they were very lenient in letting my friends and I talk for a while after we finished eating, even as we chat towards their closing time! 

* Venue / ambiance: 4

Centrally located in zone one, the place is rather accessible and is close to multiple tube stations (Oxford Circus, Marble Arch, Bond Street, and Regent’s Park). The restaurant itself is quite small inside; chairs and tables are laid out on the upper level, whereas horigotatsu seats are available on the lower level. My group took a horigotatsu spot and the lighting as well as layout downstairs successfully establish a relaxed and dynamic atmosphere that is perfect for gatherings. Furthermore, curtain dividers are available between the horigotatsu seats, thus providing some sense of privacy even in an arguably tight space.

* X factor: ramen toppings

Various ramen toppings were served separately on a dish on top of the ramen soup. This serving style allows the freshness of the toppings to be preserved and ultimately enables customers to appreciate the different components all the more. 

* Overall experience: 4

>> Dish By Dish Review

* Tonkotsu Ramen for £13 : 4

Click to enlarge.

The texture of the ramen is springy, smooth, and just amazing. The ramen soup comes with eclectic toppings including but not limited to pork slices, half an egg, seaweed, pickles, and onions. All of the toppings compliment each other and the broth extremely well, although more vegetables portion and variety as well as a whole egg serving instead of half would be much more ideal for the price. Additionally, the broth itself may come off as too salty for some people, and the apparent monosodium glutamate (MSG) aftertaste doesn’t necessarily help either. Overall, what goes into the broth is delicious and tasty, but the Tonkotsu broth itself could use a few tweaks. That being said, this dish is perfectly filling and I would recommend it for rainy days, which is notorious for being abundant here in London!

>> Other Opinions (on the Marylebone branch)

* On a food, travel, and cooking blog called “Eat Noodles Love Noodles”

* On a food blog called “The Boozy Bunch”

* Various reviews on:

Square Meal

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Leave a comment below with restaurants you’d like me to review next! 

Are you affiliated with Cocoro? Reach out (christyzee98@gmail.com) and let me know if you’d like me to come back or review any new dishes!

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London Livin’: Free Events In June

Another month, another list of free public events in London! This is the third events list under my London Livin’ series; feel free to check out this post to read about why I decided to start the series in the first place.

That being said, I, unfortunately, will be taking a three-month hiatus from making these lists as I spend summer break in Jakarta and Hong Kong. Not to worry, though, more eclectic entries under the “What’s Up?” category will hopefully be coming your way throughout summer. In the meantime, please enjoy this list for June and I’ll catch you with another free London public events listing in September (for October)!

* Wed, 1 Jun

* Thu, 2 Jun

* Fri, 3 Jun

* Sat, 4 Jun

* Tue, 7 Jun

* Wed, 8 Jun

* Thu, 9 Jun

* Sat, 11 Jun

* Mon, 13 Jun

* Tue, 14 Jun

* Wed, 15 Jun

* Thu, 16 Jun

* Fri, 17 Jun

* Sat, 18 Jun

* Mon, 20 Jun

* Tue, 21 Jun

* Wed, 22 Jun

* Thu, 23 Jun

* Fri, 24 Jun

Ongoing Throughout June

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